Posts Tagged by discussion

Knights of Contention, Episode 3

Not too long ago, I began hosting what I hope will be bi-weekly open discussions via chat/voice. Another one is coming up. Tuesday, Nov 9th, at 9:30 p.m. CST.

The topic has not yet been decided. Last time we debated whether or not we should exterminate the human race. And if that would be wrong. heh heh

Here is the direct link to the conference ‘room’ where the conversation will take place. I’ll be in there in the evening to help people with technical problems and the like. Direct Link: Knights of Contention

If you want a reminder, drop a comment here or email me at sntjohnny@sntjohnny.com and request it.

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Knights of Contention Semimonthly Philosophical Free for All

Those who know me know that I like a good scrap. Well, I thought it would be fun to host a bi-weekly event where people from across the spectrum of thought can get together and converse in a chat/voice conference format on topics of interest and importance.

So, I have set aside the second and fourth Tuesday of every month, at 9:30 p.m. CST, to hold this discussion. Expect each session to go from 90 minutes to 2 hours. Allowed to speak: atheists, theists, cynics, skeptics, knuckleheads, and the rest. Basic rule: behave as though you were in a public diner with friends and people they brought along but are strangers to you. It’s a little ambiguous, but if you can’t be courteous in your passionate discourse, we just won’t allow you back.

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My own loose ends, Watson and Herr Professor

I breezed into Herr Professor’s lair to see if there was anything I ought to respond to.  I too enjoyed the exchange, though I wonder if he ever really appreciated the points I was making.  Things could go round and round, but that is what I have a discussion forum for. At risk of setting […]

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JK Rowling is wrong: Dumbledore is not Gay… or, Does not Promote Tolerance

I blogged on this last night but still have thoughts on the matter. Rowling indicated that her series were one long conversation about tolerance and as I skim the blogs I wonder if this is what she had in mind, a top ten list of ‘signs’ that Dumbledore was gay.The joke of course is that […]

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Dumbledore is Gay? What is a Christian to do with Harry Potter?

Yesterday I was given this link here with a discussion by Rowling about the Christian elements in her books. Today I was given this link here with Rowling talking about Dumbledore being gay. I quote: She was asked by one young fan whether Dumbledore finds “true love.” “Dumbledore is gay,” the author responded to gasps […]

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Education and atheistic propoganda…

This is in response to this article here, which discusses teachers’ opposition to sending out promotional material for an atheistic camp that was given to them- presumably without school endorsement- to distribute to students. I will pass over the unspoken irony and more obvious and tired objection that if it had been a Christian camp […]

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Christian Education and Apologetics

This is under discussion on my forum, here. My own story is that I went through 12 years of Christian education and went to a Christian university to be a Christian pastor and promptly was reduced to atheism or something very close to it.  When I returned to Christianity it was with a desire to […]

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Response to Dawkins’s Preface

The reason why I have decided to address this book beginning with the preface is because it is here that I think we can see at a glance just how far off Mr. Dawkins is from credibly speaking to God as a ‘delusion’ or even ‘religion’ in general. There are three minor points and one […]

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Defining ‘Christian’ Propositionally

Two quotes to start this off with. First, from atheist Bertrand Russell, answering a question in an essay by the same title, “Why I am not a Christian”: “I think that you must have a certain amount of definite belief before you have a right to call yourself a Christian. The word does not have quite such a full-blooded meaning now as it had in the times of St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. In those days, if a man said that he was a Christian it was known what he meant. You accepted a whole collection of creeds which were set out with great precision, and every single syllable of those creeds you believed with the whole strength of your convictions. Nowadays it is not quite like that.”

Mr. Russell is about right about this.

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Online Radio Station Nearly Live

http://www.sntjohnny.com/radioportal.html I had a weekly radio show for awhile which was broadcast online, and then in the course of things I had to let it go.  I have been ramping up for a renewed effort to make sntjohnny.com something special, with a target date of January of 2007.  Bringing back the radio show is a […]

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Politics and Christianity

A discussion thread commenting on similar themes is here: http://www.sntjohnny.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2200 Today I attended a study at church on ‘Politics and Christianity.’ I don’t think many people who consider this question understand that the American situation is extremely unique in that our system explicitly allows Christians to express themselves, just as it does anyone else. For […]

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Per fidem enim ambulamus et non per speciem…

That’s out of Jerome’s Latin translation of the New Testament. The translation is called the ‘Vulgate.’ It means, as near as I can tell, “We walk by faith, not by sight,” and comes out of 2 Corinthians 5:7 of the Christian Scriptures. What is it about ‘faith’ that sets people’s teeth on edge? Some people […]

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